Mirror of Zen Blog

Category: Gustav Mahler

Pilgrimage Stop-Off

Tomorrow evening, I am scheduled to give a talk and offer guidance to a Zen community in Turku, the former capital of Finland. I am very happy and honored to

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Simon Rattle can be seen in a slight blur just behind the conductor’s podium, cradling a bouquet of flowers as he engages one of four standing ovations. Truth be told,

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His Laugh

“The dourness and severity of Mahler’s mouth are, nevertheless, immediately transformed into their opposite when anything excites his good-natured and humorous laughter. You cannot imagine a more naive, hearty, Homerically

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Fragment-Bombs for the Soul

During the pandemic lockdowns, when public performances were canceled, many orchestral musicians began playing symphonies online, recorded through Zoom or something. Entire symphonies were performed this way, each performer located

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